Age differences in the speed of processing: A critique

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Abstract

Questions the assumption that a central processing deficit exists in the speed of performing mental operations by children as compared to adults. Two hypotheses were proposed. First, developmental differences in reaction time need not be due to differences in the speed of elementary mental operations. Data from the Sternberg scanning paradigm are cited as evidence. Second, above and beyond reaction time differences attributable to peripheral processes, further differences can be accounted for by children's use of inefficient processes. Data from qua tification studies are provided as supportive evidence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-544
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume13
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1977
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • developmental differences & efficiency of central processing, speed of mental operations, children vs adults

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  • Life-span and Life-course Studies
  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Age differences in the speed of processing : A critique. / Chi, Michelene.

In: Developmental Psychology, Vol. 13, No. 5, 09.1977, p. 543-544.

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